Robyn Chow was the 2020 MIYAA junior recipient of the Community and Volunteerism award. Robyn was student council president and valedictorian at her high school, Dakota Collegiate.
Last year she played a role in the U of M Society of Earth Science and Environmental Students council and recently worked with MMF in their energy infrastructure and resource department.
She is a 19-year-old Métis student from Winnipeg, Manitoba with a passion for environmental sustainability and is currently majoring in marketing at Red River College Polytech. Robyn hopes to inspire youth to find interest in our natural environment and help create change for our future.
My name is Westin Sutherland. I am 21 years old, and I’m originally from the Peguis First Nation, but currently live in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
I’m very passionate about language and culture, and I work hard to revitalize my language, which is Ojibwe. I began serious learning in 2015, but I did know words and phrases growing up. A little bit about some of the work I’ve done and still am currently doing is translating cartoons and other media into the Ojibwe language. It’s such an awesome feeling to do something like this, for my people, friends and family. I’ve always hoped that this would inspire other communities and cultures to take on a similar approach to language revitalization, because it’s such a fun way to teach and preserve language.
I’m also very proud of all of our indigenous youth, for making differences in our world and being just overall inspiring. Little steps go a long way in the end after all.
I’m very honoured to be one of the hosts for this year’s MIYAA awards!